Risers are fluid conduits from subsea equipment to surface floating production platforms. The integrity of a riser system plays a very important role in deepwater developments. A top-tensioned riser generally consists of outer casing, inner casing and tubing. The pipes are coupled either through fluids in the annuli or through intermediate guides (centralizers) or through both. This paper investigates the dynamic analysis for such an internally coupled fluid/ riser system. This paper first presents a theoretical formulation for a general riser system coupled with fluids in the annuli and centralizers between pipes. Hydrodynamic forces associated with the viscous fluid in between concentric cylinders are considered. An effective dynamic stiffness matrix method is then developed to evaluate the added mass and damping influence of the fluid on the natural frequencies and the dynamic response of the coupled riser system. A riser example is used to illustrate the fluid coupling impact on the system’s dynamic performance. The coupling through the fluid and centralizers can be optimally designed such that an inner pipe acts as a vibration absorber to the outer casing.

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